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Newsmaker in business: Harton takes over as CEO for United Community Bank
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H. Lynn Harton

United Community Banks Inc. announced last week that H. Lynn Harton has assumed the role of United’s CEO, succeeding longtime company leader Jimmy Tallent.

In addition to this new role, Harton continues as president and CEO of United’s subsidiary, United Community Bank. Tallent has moved into a new role as executive chairman of United’s board of directors.

Harton joined the company as chief operating officer in 2012. He said he plans no major shifts in the company’s strategic plan.

Since Harton joined the company, United has completed seven key acquisitions and grown from $7 billion in total assets and 100 offices to $12.3 billion in assets and 151 offices in five states. UCB operates several branches in Hall County and North Georgia.

“I firmly believe our best days are ahead,” said Harton. “This is an exciting time to be in the banking business, and our entire team is committed to succeeding over the long term.”

Harton was named CEO of UCB last August and was elected to the board of directors in February 2015. He previously served in executive roles with South Financial Group, Regions Financial Corporation and BB&T.

“I have long admired Lynn’s leadership style and genuinely feel that he is right person to lead the company as the industry evolves to meet increasing customer needs for convenience and technology,” Tallent said.

From company news release